Wigan boxer to represent his country after youth championship success

A college student from Wigan has qualified to represent England after achieving Silver at the National Boxing Youth Championships in Rotherham last weekend.
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Paul Smith, who is 17 and currently attends Winstanley College, faced the current World Number 2 in the competition, winning first two bouts and losing on points in the final. The former St Bede’s High School student will now compete in the GB Junior and Youth Three Nations in the 54-57KG category in Cardiff in June.

This achievement is testament to a rigorous fitness and training programme which Paul manages alongside his studies at college for A-levels in Biology, Graphics and PE.

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Paul said: "The competition at the weekend was really challenging, I had been training hard for months including watching my diet over the Christmas period which is always hard! I’m excited to have qualified for the Three Nations, it is another step on the ladder in the boxing world.

Paul Smith at National Youth ChampionshipsPaul Smith at National Youth Championships
Paul Smith at National Youth Championships

“My studies are really important to me and although I do want to pursue my career as a professional boxer, I know that it is important to have a good education and qualifications for my future. I have ambitions to compete in the 2028 Olympics if the timings are right and I know boxing will always be part of my life.”

Paul is part of a famous boxing family, with his Dad and uncles being former world champions. Anne Baxby, Head of PE at Winstanley said: “We can’t wait to see where Paul’s boxing career takes him. Not only is he a talented athlete but he is polite, humble and delight to have in class. We wish him the very best of luck at his next big competition.”